Those who are looking for a common thread in the storm of music and rumors surrounding Niels Nielsen finds several - and in all the colors of the rainbow. The strings stretches across several of the biggest names of Metal, and further to gold records, awards, underground electronica and unusual alternative rock á la Radiohead and Beck. Perhaps the sum of all threads can be spelled creativity or insanity - a multi-faceted multi-instrumentalist's rampant race that has taken him from Sweden's smallest small town to Billboard #1 and conspiratory forum threads, where Nielsen's involvement in the secret band Ghost is being discussed extensivel. And despite being hired as a touring keyboardist in In Flames to play some of the biggest venues in the world and widely employed as a producer and technician for other artists (including Ghost, Riddarna, Night, Tikkle Me), he has completed thirty-eight releases under his own name, nine of which are full lenght albums.
In October, Niels Nielsen's tenth full-length Paramount People will be released, but in many ways it’s his debut album and a new start in both songwriting and sound where the songs are bounded by a theme: the dark sides of humanity . The songs on the new album have an inevitable groove that kidnaps one's muscles, wins them over and ultimately convinces them to dance. But behind the dancey melodies there is a seriousness. The first single "Urban Sprawl Begin" is about how the population of earth spreads like a black mass, the darkest in the city centers - a feelgood song about all the world's foolishness.
If you ask Nielsen himself how serious he is then you probably will meet a smiling face. Nothing is sacred, and the myth of the rock star is as true as it is a parody of itself. But despite Niel's constant glimpse in the eye there is a blackness. See, for example, on his own band Dead Soul, showing a dark electronic side of Nielsen, with one leg in heavy delta blues-based rock and the other kicking an old analog synth making weird noises.
On the new solo album, you'll find the Dead Soul darkness, but there are also stripes of light in the form of airy melodies and a pace that keeps awake with locked ears from first interesting intro until the last guitar fades.